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When’s the next Guldbagge Awards Ceremony? What are the award categories? When were the first Guldbagge Awards presented? Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Guldbagge Awards here.

What are the Guldbagge Awards?
The Guldbagge Awards are Sweden’s leading film awards and are presented by the Swedish Film Institute for outstanding contributions to Swedish film over the past year.

When’s the next Guldbagge Awards Ceremony?
The Guldbagge Award Ceremony for the films that premiered 2017 took place on Monday 22 January 2018.

Where will the next Guldbagge Awards Ceremony be held?
The 2018 Guldbagge Award Ceremony was held at the Cirkus arena in Stockholm.

Can I watch the Guldbagge Awards Ceremony on TV?
The Guldbagge Awards Ceremony was broadcasted live on SVT 1 and SVT play.

What are the award categories?
The Guldbagge Awards are divided into 19 categories including the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gullspira children’s film award, the Audience Award, Newcomer of the Year and the new award Guldbaggens Audience Award are also presented at the Guldbagge Awards Ceremony.

When were the first Guldbagge Awards presented?
The first Guldbagge Awards were presented in September 1964 at a film gala. Ingmar Bergman was presented with the first Guldbagge for Best Director (for The Silence/Tystnaden) at the gala.

What is the award made of?
A Guldbagge weighs 1.2 kg and each award is hand-crafted in a complicated process where it is first chased in copper and then enamelled, before genuine gold is finally added.

Which artist created the Guldbagge?
Karl Axel Pehrson.

What films qualify for nomination?
Swedish feature-length fiction films and documentary films that had their premiere in the past calendar year and have a running time of at least 70 minutes can be nominated. The films must have been released in cinemas with public screenings for at least 7 days. For a film to be considered as Swedish it is required to have a Swedish main producer with a Swedish majority ownership, known as Swedish major. In order for a film to come into consideration, it must be registered by the producer no later than 15 November 2017.

How are the nominees selected?
A Nomination Committee appoints through a jury process which films and which persons should be nominated in Guldbaggen’s different categories. The Nomination Committee consists of 36 members who have extensive experience from the world of film. The members are divided into four jury groups and from there they discuss and decide three nominations in each category. The Nomination Committee appoints all the Guldbagge nominations.

The Nomination Committee elects all Guldbagge Award nominations except for the categories of Best Short Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Foreign Language Film, which have their own nominations groups.

How does the jury choose the winners and who’s on the jury?
A special jury chooses the winner from the three nominees in each category. The jury comprises eight members with extensive professional film experience. One of the members should be from another Nordic country. The members of the jury must observe confidentiality regarding the jury’s work.

The recipients of the Guldbagge Awards for Best Achievement and Newcomer of the Year are chosen directly by the jury, without nominations.

What venue has hosted the most Guldbagge Award Ceremonies?
The Cirkus arena in Stockholm.

If you have any further questions or would like to contact us:
Please send mail to Vicke Harris, project manager for the The Guldbagge Awards, vicke.harris@filminstitutet.se

For press enquiries:
Please contact Jan Göransson, Press Manager at the Swedish Film Institute, jan.goransson@filminstitutet.se